The Polished Hoe: A Novel

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The Polished Hoe: A Novel by Austin Clarke

The Polished Hoe

Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece. On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality.

“… brilliantly written dialogue, a rich, dancing patois that fills out the dimensions of the island’s painful history and its complex caste system.”—Publishers Weekly

May 4th, 2009

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From AudioFile Magazine
Robin Miles’s calypso lilt gives listeners an immediate sense of this novel’s setting: an eighteenth-century Jamaican sugar plantation. Just as quickly we get a strong sense of the lyrical voice of the author as Miles’s cadences play up the imagery and poignant dialogue that threads through the story. It doesn’t take long before we realize we’ll need the poetry to carry us through disturbing life of the story’s heroine, Lilith. A slave girl born with vivid green eyes, Lilith is not only beset by white owners, but isolated by fellow slaves who believe she possesses a dark power. The rawness of the author’s voice, periodic violence, and Lilith’s quandaries about her place in the world create a tension that befits turbulent times before certain rebellion. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

May 4th, 2009